2020 Finalists for Louisiana Teacher and Principal of the year announced

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The Louisiana Department of Education today announced the finalists for the 2020 Teacher and Principal of the Year awards during a reception hosted by First Lady Donna Edwards and Dream Teachers, LLC, at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion. The 18 finalists are elementary, middle, and high school educators from school systems across the state. Winners will be selected from this group and named at an awards ceremony this summer.

“It is my privilege to join the First Lady and our partners at Dream Teachers in honoring this talented and passionate group of educators from across the state,” said State Superintendent John White. “These inspiring teachers and principals are leaders in their classrooms, as well as in their communities, and we are proud to call them Louisiana educators.”

“Teachers and principals are two of Louisiana’s greatest assets, and when we invest in them, we invest in our children,” said First Lady Donna Edwards. “Educators often go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of students, and this honor recognizes the exemplary dedication and skills they bring to the classroom every day. Their work is helping to create a brighter future for our young people and our state.”​​​​​​​

The 2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year finalists include:

Lacey BlockerMaplewood Middle SchoolCalcasieu Parish
Amanda CraneHomer Elementary SchoolClaiborne Parish
Lisa Celestine JackVidrine Elementary SchoolEvangeline Parish
Jessica BorlandSouth Grant Elementary SchoolGrant Parish
Brittany LegendreThibodaux High SchoolLafourche Parish
Annie SmithLake Charles Charter AcademyLake Charles Charter Academy Foundation
Jessica BreauxEdward Hynes Charter SchoolOrleans Parish
Emily OgdenRayville High SchoolRichland Parish
Christopher DierChalmette High SchoolSt. Bernard Parish

The 2020 Louisiana Principal of the Year finalists include:

Brad SoileauOakdale High SchoolAllen Parish
Carli FrancoisDutchtown High SchoolAscension Parish
Steven SchulzSouth Beauregard Elementary SchoolBeauregard Parish
Lisa BurnsW.T. Lewis Elementary SchoolBossier Parish
Christella DawsonNeville High SchoolCity of Monroe School District
Greg HaydenJuban Parc Junior High SchoolLivingston Parish
Jennifer Dennis CareyKIPP East Community PrimaryOrleans Parish
Charles WrightOuachita Junior High SchoolOuachita Parish
Tamika GreenAlbert Cammon Middle SchoolSt. Charles Parish


This year, school systems submitted more than 200 nominations for Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Department named 48 semi-finalists in April 2019. A state team then narrowed that pool to the 18 finalists named today. Those finalists will soon participate in face-to-face interviews with selection committees led by community and education leaders. The selection committees will ultimately choose the state division-level and overall winners.

All 2020 Teacher and Principal of the Year finalists and semi-finalists will be honored, and the overall state-level winners will be announced at the 13th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration on Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge. The event is co-sponsored by Dream Teachers, a nonprofit organization that partners with businesses, industry representatives, and organizations throughout the state to recognize and reward educators who model instructional excellence and dedication to serve the needs of children.​​​​​​​

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